Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-187

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 7, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Crime Stoppers Tip Leads To Arrest Of Hit & Run Suspect

    Suspect hits motorcyclist and flees only to be captured the next day.
    • Saturday
    • June 5, 2010
    • Time: 8:57 PM
    • Wilder Road & Quail Oaks Road
    • Plant City, FL
    Vehicle: 1981 Yamaha

    Driver:
    Roger Chesteine, DOB 01-24-55 (fatality)
    2702 North Wilder Road
    Plant City, FL

    Passenger:
    Rhonda Denise White, DOB 06-05-68 (critical)
    2702 North Wilder Road
    Plant City, FL

    Hit and Run Driver:
    Ignacio Jose Gonzalez, DOB 07-31-79
    2720 Quail Oaks Drive
    Plant City, FL



    Charges:
    Driving without valid driver’s license
    Leaving the scene of a crash with death
    Leaving the scene of a crash with injury

    At approximately 10:57 p.m., deputies received a call reference a traffic fatality that had occurred on Wilder Road and Quail Oaks Road in Plant City. The 1981 Yamaha operated by Roger Chesteine was traveling south bound on Wilder when the 2000 Ford Expedition, which was traveling north bound on Wilder Road, turned in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle hit the front of the Expedition. The driver of the Expedition then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The driver of the motorcycle, Roger Chesteine died at the scene as a result of his injuries; the female passenger was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

    On Sunday, June 6, 2010, information was released to the public in an attempt to locate the driver of the hit and run vehicle. At approximately midnight on Sunday night deputies received a Crime Stopper tip leading to the identity of the driver and the location where he could be found. Deputies responded to 1601 West Ball Street and located Ignacio Gonzalez where he was arrested without incident.



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